The Protein Data Bank. Bridging the Gap Between the Sequence and 3D Structure World

Genetica. 1999;106(1-2):149-58. doi: 10.1023/a:1003753517358.


The protein data bank (PDB), at Brookhaven National Laboratory, is a database containing information on experimentally determined three-dimensional structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and other biological macromolecules, with approximately 9000 entries. The PDB has a 27-year history of service to a global community of researchers, educators, and students in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. Data are easily submitted via PDB's WWW-based tool AutoDep, in either PDB or mmCIF format, and are most conveniently examined via PDB's WWW-based tool 3DB Browser. Collaborative centers have been, and continue to be, established worldwide to assist in data deposition, archiving, and distribution.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual* / history
  • History, 20th Century
  • Internet
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Sequence Analysis, Protein* / history
  • United States


  • Proteins